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  1. Well we finally got thru obligatory rehab work, and we dryblowing work. Drove the backhoe to the next area and decided to scrape a little while we were there... Glory be!!! 10grams right off. Most were in the dirt above the cap. Did a repeat the second day with 16grams? Got most of the gear ready to go... piddling today...enjoyed Sunday with a couple of mates. Getting my camper all ready to go bush... I repaired some tears and old loose seams yesterday with a Speedy Stitcher... handy tool to have if you ever have to sew canvas....works like a charm
    11 points
  2. Just some stats for those who may wonder about such things. In the last year (July 2018 - July 2019) this website had just over 350,000 unique visitors (each person counted once, not every time they post). The top ten countries.... United States 55.5% Australia 13.93% United Kingdom 8.22% Canada 2.45% France 1.19% Germany 1.18% Italy 1.06% Netherlands 0.99% Turkey 0.92% Russia 0.71%
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  3. **** TRIP 2 **** The main purpose was actually to test ferrite balance in saturated ground, but I wasn't going to drive back to the first areas I spoke of. That is way too far for some simple testing. I have another area where I found my first gold patch. Strangely enough it was on a GPAA claim. Who would have thunk. Those claims are beaten down and squeezed dry, right? Me and a friend both laugh about this place. We very often go back to the general area to beat down the skunk. After getting out to the claim at midnight, I set up the detector. Surprisingly, ground balance w
    9 points
  4. This month in 1979 I bought my first metal detector a Bounty Hunter RB7, took me almost 3 years of pure frustration to get my first nugget,(pic below) after many 100s of hours, I know now I sure went over heaps of detectable gold, and still do, but not the heaps I went over then,...…...I hope...……... Below is some photos, I wish to share with DP members to celebrate, unfortunately I did not take many photos, straight into the crusher smelted down and off to the mint, have scanned what I could find from the old "shoe boxes". Plus a couple of recent ones, the specimen last is highly magnified, g
    5 points
  5. And a very civil site it is! Thank you, Steve! fred
    5 points
  6. Yeah, Sorry I swore secrecy to details about this hunt, but since your asking.....? if we are talking about the same place it is where you found a specie as big a a beef short rib the first day you had the 19” on the ZED... There was some deeeep ground there that held some nice ones, but they couldn’t escape from the Beast .. I had forgotten the watch,... but didn’t you get a nice coin too? That place was hammered but even I found a one grammar with your 2300....,(whilst waiting on ZED brains to be delivered) We had a good camp and good grub there. And it is whe
    5 points
  7. The population of the United States is 327 million vs 25 million for Australia. The percentage of visitors vs the population is: .06 of US population .2 of Australia population
    5 points
  8. 17 x 12 Spiral, pings tiny .1 gram bits no worries. Pain in the butt digging them but sometimes they lead to bigger and better chunks as was the case for me today. 76 grams at 18 inches, any detector would have heard it, same with the 6 gram bit. 14 gram bit was a different story, 20 inches down and very quite but definitely a dig me signal. With the X running so quiet it was no worries. A bloody pleasure to use, a complete contrast to my stock 14” which is so touch and knock sensitive, it’s had a hard life so maybe just worn out but it never ran as quite as the X.
    4 points
  9. Another ounce and a half today with the X
    4 points
  10. That`s because we`ve got so much gold over here Mitchel. I was walking to the shops the other day and tripped over a 5 ouncer ?
    4 points
  11. New Zealand ranks at #13. Keep in mind these are total website viewer statistics, not forum statistics. The forum obviously has far fewer members and of those an even smaller number of active posters. Thanks for the civility comments. It is the cornerstone of the forum. There are no doubt some who avoid the forum due to what they would call "censorship" but I have found almost without fail that those are the very same people who enjoy disrupting forums so no loss in my opinion.
    3 points
  12. Please stop teasing me...it hurts so much!!! Have a great and continuing adventure, Paul! fred
    3 points
  13. Found these today in the same area, 1908 IH and a silver button of some sorts, think it came from a hat or something. Has a post in the back of it and is pretty thin. Was pretty deep and picked up on the halo and when I first dug I lost the signal then dug a bit more and found it. Probably had some iron pin/spring that rusted away.
    3 points
  14. a life well lived, with the gold found and memories made.
    3 points
  15. I tripped over that same one and when I was cussing and kicking it out of the way I almost broke my ankle when I hit another one that was stuck deeper in the ground...,. It must have been a 2 pounder... but I didn’t want to take time to dig it when the big ones are the ones really worth digging?
    3 points
  16. Out last night and got a nice 1892 S barber dime. Pk1, 5 tone, recovery 7, iron bias 3.
    2 points
  17. About 3 or 4 years ago I ran a post about a specimen I got at Tarnagulla at about 6" with pretty well no visible gold, and the sg for quartz said there was maybe 1½ ozs of gold in it, but because there was rock other than quartz, I really don`t know how much gold there actually is. At the time, I dropped it in acid and then promptly forgot about it till I came across it today. ? The main body of it is about half the size it started and there is now gold and gravel in the bottom of the jar. I`ve taken this photo of the biggest bit remaining, renewed the acid and droppe
    2 points
  18. Only thing that matters is Kiwi performance tonight at Lords, if they take out the UK in cricket and become the 19 World International One Day Cricketers, first thing tomorrow morn is I`ll be begging Steve to make a mention of Kiwi presence on the 4M, maybe as a compromise to include you folks with the OZ stats, as say the Downunder stats. Pressures on I`ll be in the Lords crowd waving the biggest NZ flag right in the Barmy Armies face.
    2 points
  19. That's interesting but I am sure VPN's can skew those a little. I agree with Fred about civility of the forum which is why I think this is the best forum period.
    2 points
  20. Not too shabby for an Arizona weekend. (We don’t have the old stuff you others have got in the ground.) Three straight days of detecting yields an 1898 Barber Quarter, 1945 Mercury dime, 1951 Franklin 50 cent piece, Utah state tax token, 13 Wheat pennies, some other trinkets, and a 14k gold/platinum setting diamond ring. Not shown here was also a serial number stamped on a plaque from an 1880s sewing machine and a whole pile of other junk. I’m most excited about the Barber and the 50 cent silver. The quarter was about 6-7 inches down and on edge. It sounded good both ways, but swinging inconsi
    2 points
  21. HahHhaahha I have 4 of them now ...I bought the yanks when they left..lolo
    2 points
  22. Nah, still in original form, decided to leave it that way, do it when I find the rest of the beast it fell off...…..just gotta be there somewhere...……..Should get up there with the Z + X in August before it starts to heat up.
    2 points
  23. Lots of great answers. Unfortunately gold, lead, and aluminum overlap. In general, the smaller they are the lower the VDI number and the larger they are the higher the number. Women's rings tend to fall in the foil area below US nickel. Men's rings tend to read above US nickel up to zinc penny and possibly higher. I often block out zinc penny and higher and just dig everything under that. If really cherry picking I look for targets that hit hard on a single VDI number, no jumping around. To get more insight on the VDI scale and gold see this article.
    2 points
  24. Right on, MN your mention of stories has got me a wee primed, and Stricks given a wee bit of encouragement too, this one I`m sure I took photos of but I can`t find them, so you`ll have to use your imagination. Early days of the SD 2100, Mate decided we`d take his brand new Niva (Russian 4WD) for a days prospect. Jokingly before we took off I had a shot at the mates proud new purchase ( as any Toyota Troopy owner would naturally do) "Crikey wont want to get much this thing looks like a 6 pack would overload it." Anyway off we went, got stuck in a dry gully at base of a E/W ridge out in fri
    2 points
  25. Mine was in HF and I recommend you let the experts do it. Hydrofluoric is a bad nasty. Not sure what % they use, it is a Chemical Specialty Shop in Oregon.
    2 points
  26. Klunker we should all suffer from so much gold under the coil that our detectors will not ground-balance...poor thing! fred
    2 points
  27. That speci I got a couple of weeks ago, I dropped it in Ali Brite about 5 days ago and it came up pretty good. After it was cleaned the SG came down a fraction, it now sg`s at 2.082 grams gold ?
    1 point
  28. Good one Phoenix. Nice nugget. Seems taking wife more often does the trick.? Well done. GoldEN
    1 point
  29. Mine lab will have a competitive response either with their own product or through one of the current coopetition companies (Coiltech, Nugget Finder). MineLab will also take action to protect their IP if needed.
    1 point
  30. Ah wasn’t thinking temps Andyy. Its been in the 90s here still too hot but better than snow for me. Yeah on a cool day and if your buddy would too. Even though its an 8” to 10” and different tech I’m still curious. If I was closer I’d help out with mine.
    1 point
  31. That's what makes this the best hobby out there. Variety of finds and at any moment you could uncover a piece of history, a family heirloom, a precious coin, 22k of AU or a piece of canslaw. That must have been a roller coaster or emotions on that hunt. Congrats!
    1 point
  32. Crikey that`s Xn good, your on a roll Coota, do the Emu...... head down arse up and into it.
    1 point
  33. Well now, that would be interesting. You see, competition is a good thing. Even if people do or do not like the Xcoils, it forces Minelab to react. Everybody wins.
    1 point
  34. Oh yeah I remember that story wheres the beef rib ....... smashed???? Thats also the year you became a firm believer in the long handled sede pick and the hipstick...... lolol
    1 point
  35. So a guy can actually make money doing this stuff? I was 16 years old in 1979...that was the year I should have took up metal detecting...but hunting and fishing were the hot stuff back then..not to mention hormones getting in the way every now and then. I was surprised to see that Bounty Hunter has been around that long...I had no idea. Thanks for sharing the pictures as we all know you don't do that for obvious reasons. My favorite is the big lump by the 2nd watch...if only you had the modern cameras of today back then! strick
    1 point
  36. There was a GPZ on eBay for bid that had a pic that said email/message and buy it for $2k. The listing was gone in two days. Seemed like a potential counterfeit unit. Someone always seemed to bite on those “to good to be true” deals!
    1 point
  37. I have had the V3i for a few years. Don’t trust the little icons that suggest what the target may be. That’s just marketing. I have found one gold ring with the V3i, one gold pendant and a gold necklace. If you want to find gold rings you need to dig all low vdi targets. You may consider using mixed mode audio or some of the programs like mixed mode. The polar plot can be very helpful. Run a few tests over a gold ring and it will give you a idea what it might show. The best recommendation I can give for finding gold, is dig almost everything, reduce all discrimination and search a
    1 point
  38. RU, you can bet I would, tis a magic journey that I am still soaking in it, mind you a wee bit slower.
    1 point
  39. Outstanding images,really find these types of stories interesting.........would you do it all over again ??
    1 point
  40. Condor and his trip/notes was the inspiration of my post. He too realized the easy gold is gone, but we go for the Adventure too. Thanks Condor for sparking my old memories. At least you can say.."I did it". Spring 2006 three buddies/I decided it was time to quit talking about it and just do "Australia" with a detector for gold. With many details left out, but a quick overview. Yes I made it home (America) and am alive. The venomous snakes, iguanas (4 foot poisonous lizard), attacking kangaroos, wild goats and monster sized spiders/centipedes could not stand up against the ranci
    1 point
  41. Well Fred, I don't recall weather it really happened or it's just my imagination, but you know with me it's all the same.
    1 point
  42. I worked for a dangerous goods transport company up to about 10 yrs ago and during a safety meeting we were told about a chemist in WA that spilt Hydrofluoric on himself in a lab and I remember we were told, within minutes this man immersed himself in a swimming pool, and the poor man still died. The day I heard that story I decided I would never work with Hydrofluoric and if anybody had insisted I work with it, I would have quit. I always wondered whether that was a true story or something they made up to scare us so I googled it today and found an article on the incident. https://www.flu
    1 point
  43. No GB. This one I dropped it in hydrochloric acid. I don`t play around with hydrofluoric acid. Bad stuff, but there is the tiniest trace of hydrofluoric in the Ali Brite I mostly use.
    1 point
  44. That one could turn into a really nice doozy. Here is one I had etched and it's value went 10X. Before pic and most folks would have said, good job. After etching, they are shocked. Don't forget it this go around.
    1 point
  45. Interesting read. I would say my gold hunting areas in Idaho are mostly mild, but I do have some hot areas. Eastern Oregon were I hunt is more mineralized than my South Idaho sites. The ground I swing in Northern Nevada is actually pretty mild, but I do know of a few hot areas. When I head to Montana, I feel the sites I hunt there have the hottest ground of all. Yes I feel MT is hotter than the areas I swing in Arizona too.
    1 point
  46. I'm in Northern California and yes, that is my experience up here. Our soil is all over the place, to the point that VLF's can be pretty much useless in certain areas due to mineralization. I ended up getting a PI and the difference was unbelievable. The PI won't see small gold nearly as good as the VLF but at least you're looking for gold and not digging up hot rocks and ghost signals!
    1 point
  47. I did a little concentrated hunting in the wash yesterday just to see. We dont have much mineralization here....... but i kind of get it. In the wash the sand has a lot more air gap especially as the water moves in and out..... making the sand of course soft/fluffy. Black sand and iron tend to concentrate there as well. This machine seems to be sensitive to really light up those minerals/iron in that area as they MOVE with the water. So i can see how targets might just disappear as the coil is overwhelmed with the sand AND salt water. Much like targets that disappear in the hole.
    1 point
  48. Just depends on the power lines and each country has different standards. I am coming to understand that in the U.S. there is a lot of stuff leaking lots of EMI that you will not find in other countries.
    1 point
  49. The best indicator for gold is.......... GOLD!I follow the gold to more gold! There are many many different types of indicator's you need to learn the geology of your area and figure out why the gold comes from were it dose. Then you can use this knowledge to either follow the geological feature or identify similar feature's. The indicator could be a fault, quarts reef, iron stone, jasper, chert, grey whack, change in rock type, intrusion, anomoly on a fault like a knee zone, ect ect ect. For example: I was detecting up a gully in the middle of no where, when I started to get a fair few small
    1 point
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